Sunday 18th September 2016, 2:30am
Getaway #20: Emilie Guenat
Emilie Guenat chose this Sunday’s getaway destination.*)
– The first thing I got to know from Emilie was a system she developed to use your TAN generator to generate exhibitions. Only later I learned that she was an expert in this. An expert in sneaking out of the art world’s well loved games of pretending. In doing something without doing it and showing something without showing it, like switching the lights off in the exhibition space or hiding the artworks in the attic.
When I once asked to borrow a plant from her, as a prop for an exhibition, she hesitated. The plant would not enjoy the atmosphere, she said. People would not treat it in a nice way. Ever since I feel that the things you really care about don’t end up exhibited. –
*) Mirjam Bayerdörfer invited Emilie Guenat for the twentieth Outside Sunday.
When I look at the picture of dice in Emilie’s hand can’t help thinking of the saying used in probably every single Asterix comic: Alea jacta est. Everybody gets to use it, pirates, soldiers, slaves. Maybe not Asterix himself though.
Emilie brought two dice. A blue and a white one. She would toss them on the ground. The city ground, the street. The white one would tell us if left of right, the blue one which street or crossing to take, counting each possible turn.
Then the story went like this:
(The first one being white, the second one blue.)
By this navigating system we walked 3 hours straight, making 4 km.
By this navigating system we passed:
> Philips house, leaving him with some vegetables he desparetely wanted to get rid of, which we ate while walking, adding apples and hazelnuts we found on our way.
> a vineyard
> plants that just grow
> quite particular sculptural arrangements in front yards and around
> an abandoned house, where we decided we would move in the soonest possible